‘I Didn’t Go to CAF for Endorsement,’ Says Bility

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The President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility has clarified that his meeting with CAF, which was declined – was not about CAF endorsing him.

Bility said though it was a privileged to have had the opportunity to talk to the entire CAF executive committee, to answer questions – concerns, admirations – all the issues that are wrong with football, – but it was considered only an opportunity to explain his platform for the football top post.

“I did not go to get a unanimous vote. I was given an opportunity to explain and lay my platform. That’s why I went and I’m happy I got it,” Bility told BBC Sport last Thursday.

Last week, CAF has declined to back LFA president Musa Bility in his bid to become Fifa president.

Bility, 48, is one of four men set to stand in next year’s election to replace incumbent Sepp Blatter.

“The CAF executive committee decided unanimously not to give Musa Bility the support he requested,” CAF stated.

Bility is only the second African ever to make a bid for the job.

Bility has stated his belief that “this is Africa’s time” to take the lead in world football but his lack of support from his continent’s football governing body will be a blow to his candidacy.

Bility has had a difficult relationship with CAF in recent years.

In 2011 Bility declared he would vote against Blatter in that year’s Fifa elections, in contrast to most of his African colleagues.

And in 2012 he – and the Liberian FA – took a case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over changes to the way Caf elects its president, which favoured incumbent Issa Hayatou.

The court twice ruled against the LFA and then in 2013 Bility was banned from all football activity by Caf after the governing body said he “had violated statutes relating to the use of confidential documents.”

Bility needs the written endorsement of at least five football associations to get onto the ballot for the election to choose a replacement for outgoing president Sepp Blatter on 26 February.

The deadline for candidates to register is 26 October.

However, Bility has told BBC Sport’s Piers Edwards that he will give his salary to charity if he is voted in as the head of Fifa.

Brazilian Zico, Frenchman Michel Platini and South Korean Chung Mong-joon are the other names in the frame to stand in the 26 February election. BBC Sport.

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